This is the second part of the third day in New York. After have been at Harlem, we went down to the Upper West Side untile the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine (read more on: Harlem & Upper Manhattan).
From there we took the metro and arrived at the Lincoln Center for the Perfoming Arts (shortened to Lincoln Center), a complex of buildings in the Lincoln Square.
Here there are twelve artistic organizations, like the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Balltet and the New York Philharmonic. A consortium of civic leaders and others led by, and under the initiative of John D. Rockefeller III, built the Lincoln Center as part of the Lincoln Square Renewal Project in 1950. The result is really beautiful, with lines and buildings that create a ordinated views.
Walking for few minutes we arrived at Columbus circle, named for Christopher Columbus, is a traffic circle, one of the most trafficked intersection in New York.
This is the point from which all official distances from New York are measured. At the center of the circle there is a statue 21 meters high of Christopher Columbus (located in 1892 to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of the discover of America) designed by Gaetano Russo and surrounded by fountains. To really appreciate the circle you have to go up on the roof of one of the buildings at the edge of the square. Unfortunately I didn’t have this opportunity, so armed with my fisheye lens, I tried to do the best that I could do.
While we were in Columbus Circle I was attracted by the International Hotel and Tower, an high-rise building 178 meters tall. Over the height and the shape, to attract me was also the big globe made with steel and the contrast created with these elements.
After the break for the lunch (made it in the whole foods market, so famous that my sister pressed us to try this shop), we went with the metro to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).
This is one of the largest museums in the world, founded in 1869. The triumphal access in classical style, completed by John Russel Pope in 1936, consists in a monument in Beaux-Arts style dedicated to Teddy Roosevelt. The museum has numerous sections as anthropology, paleontology, zoology of vertebrates and invertebrates, genomics, astrophysics. The American Museum of Natural History is famous mostly for:
- the reconstructions of natural habitats of African, Asian and north American mammals;
- the model in real size of a blue whale that hangs from the roof;
- the war canoe Haida painted and carved in wood, long almost 20 meters;
- the “Star of India”, the most big blue sapphire.
In the museum all the sections are interesting, but obviously the part that I prefer is the Hall of Dinosaurs, where there are the Barosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Dinosaur Mummy, Duck-Billed Dinosaur, Stegosaurus, Triceratops. Plus recently, the museum added the titanosaur, a giant herbivore long 37 meters and weight 70 tons. The remains were excavated in the Patagonian desert region of Argentina. Unfortunately, it’s forbidden publish pictures of the museum, so I can’t show you them, but a tour in AMNH it’s a must. When I visited it, I felt like a child among those animals, maybe also because this museum hosted the movie “Night at the Museum”. Another reason to visit the AMNH is the view in fact, from the higher plan, you can enjoy of a beautiful view on Central Park and skyline of New York.
After the visit at the museum, we decided to go at Macy’s, the world’s largest store, and make some shopping. Annually, Macy’s organizes a parade for the Thanksgiving and it’s named Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Then because it was late, we had dinner in a restaurant of Macy’s.
Got out from the store, we made some night shoots in the streets of Manhattan.
Before to come back in hotel, we went in the two bridges zone, under the Manhattan Bridge, to photograph the bridges with the background of Brooklyn.
Here’s the end of the third day.
Good light to everyone